Pick 1: Kansas City vs. Oakland and New England vs. Detroit

Pick 1: Kansas City vs. Oakland and New England vs. Detroit

The Teaser: Pair Kansas City and New England

Game 1: Kansas City vs. Oakland

The Initial Line:

Kansas City -8 away vs. Oakland

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to Kansas City’s line

The Final Line:

Kansas City -0.5

The Breakdown:

Kansas City was able to knock off the Super Bowl champs, winning at home 24-20. Jamaal Charles had another stellar game, posting 159 rush yds and 2 TDs. The KC defense also stepped up in some big moments, stopping Seattle on three 4th down attempts in the 4th quarter. Oakland suffered yet another loss, falling in San Diego 13-6. Philip Rivers was efficient, throwing for 193 yds and a TD. Ryan Mathews also had a solid game in his return from injury, rushing for 70 yds on 16 carries. Even though they only managed to gain 300 total yards, the defense hung tough and was able to force a turnover against the struggling Oakland offense.

Kansas City goes on the road to play on Thursday Night Football against Oakland. They are on a roll, having only lost once straight up against the spread in 2014 (week 1). Look for them to continue their success against Oakland, who has been struggling on offense and defense. Jamaal Charles should have success against this defense who ranks 27th in rush yds allowed/game. Oakland also ranks last in turnover differential at -12. It will be tough for them to get a win by the end of the season, and they will have to wait another week against a red-hot Kansas City team who has won 5 straight. Take KC to win this one at -0.5.

Game 2: New England vs. Detroit

The Initial Line:

New England -8 home vs. Detroit

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to New England’s line

The Final Line:

New England -0.5

The Breakdown:

New England continues to roll, crushing Indianapolis 42-20 despite the hostile environment. They keep finding different ways to win, and this week it was Jonas Gray with a franchise record 4 rush TDs and 201 yds. Brady was shaky for his standards with 2 TDs an 2 INTs, but the rest of the team covered for him nicely. Detroit saw its 4 game winning streak snapped, losing in Arizona 14-6. Drew Stanton was able to take advantage of the Detroit defense, throwing for a career-high 306 yds and 2 TDs. The offense didn’t seem to have much luck either, as they were held to under 300 total yds and Stafford had 0 TDs but 1 INT.

New England head home with a 6 game winning streak, and looks to continue their home domination. They haven’t lost in Gillette Stadium since 2012, and have outscored opponents by an average of 17 pts there in 2014. Detroit has the #1 defense in the NFL, but only has 16 takeaways compared to New England who has 19. Also, New England does a good job of limiting mistakes, as they are tied for the least turnovers in the league with Green Bay at 8. Expect New England to keep the winning streak going, as they will be too much for Detroit to handle with a hostile crowd hounding them all game. Take New England to win at -0.5.

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